Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May International Blog Highlights

Hi and welcome to my first time blogging with Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights.  I've followed Kylie's Highlights for a while now and ooh-ed and aah-ed my way through the gallery.  There are some amazing creations each month, don't you think?!

The theme for this month is Masculine.  

When I got my catalogue a few weeks ago and I saw that Lift Me Up had made it into the NEW CATALOGUE I was super excited, it's a very fun, gender neutral stamp set and honestly, who doesn't love a hot air balloon?  

I had to use it on my card right?  and here it is;

I knew that I wanted to create my own background for this card, and I've done that using Dapper Denim Cardstock and Ink, I've sponged the edges for a more grungy, manly look (which I think I nailed by the way lol)  Onto that I've simply used the large detailed Hot Air Balloon from the Up & Away Framelits, given it a swipe with Crumb Cake on a sponge, added a super simple banner and a couple of clouds for balance.  Because I'd only added two clouds my card looked a little unbalanced so rather than a large sentiment across the banner, I opted for a teeny banner with a simple "Happy Birthday" (from Sprinkles of Life). 

I am really happy with the card I've created, now I need someone to have a birthday so that I can give it to them...but do I want to part with it?

Before you go, I'd love it if you'd pop over to Kylie Bertucci's Blog and vote for my card.  The Top Ten earn a place in "Kylie's Top Ten International Blog Highlights" it would totally make my day to win a place!!!

If there is something that I have used on my card that you'd like to purchase, click on the "shop now" link in my sidebar (or my signature).

Don't forget to use May's Hostess Code:

Thank you for popping in, looking forward to seeing you soon,

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Colour INKspiration CI09

Hi!  and thank you for popping in.  I've played along with the girls at Colour INKspiration - #CI09, the inspiration image really grabbed me this fortnight.


How awesome is that?!

I am always partial to Pool Party and Dapper Denim, and the addition of Cherry Cobbler just makes the two pop!

Here is my card;

As you can see, I've used Dapper Denim as the base of my card and just a border of Cherry Cobbler, leaving Pool Party as my main colour.  That amazing flower is Definitely Dahlia, such a gorgeous statement don't you think?  And the sentiment is from a new stamp set from the up coming NEW CATALOGUE called Colorful Seasons, it really is a beautiful seasonal set with some really beautiful images and lovely sentiments in this stunning font.

Why not pop on over to the Colour INKspiration Facebook Page and join in on the next challenge?

See you on Wednesday with a Masculine themed card.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite Early Release

How exciting is this?  

Did you notice the sneak peek of the NEW In Colors?!

Get your hands on the colourful and exotic products from the Eastern Palace Suite before they’re released in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue! 

Bundle and save! Buy these coordinating products and get the Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes for free.
Eastern Palace Starter Bundle  $104.75
Item Number: 147196

Experience bold imagery with detailed, Eastern-inspired opulence—plus get three of the new 2017-2019 In Colors! This bundle is perfect for the beginning stamper.
7 Items Included

* Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
* Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
* Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
* Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
* Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
* Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
* Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (new!) 

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle $178.25
Item Number: 147209

Experience bold imagery with detailed, Eastern-inspired opulence—plus get three of the new 2017-2019 In Colors! This bundle is perfect for the advanced stamper.
11 Items Included

* Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
* Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
* Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
* Mini Tassels Assortment
* Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
* Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
* Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
* Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
* Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
* Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes
* Very Vanilla A4 Thick Cardstock (new!)

I was lucky enough to see some FABULOUS creations a few weeks ago at the Stampin' Up! On Stage Event.  These papers are even more gorgeous in real life (if that was even possible) and I cannot wait for mine to arrive to get some classes booked.

I'll be back as soon as my goodies arrive with some great ideas using Eastern Palace Suite. 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Retiring Products List


It’s that time again: we’re getting ready to retire products from both the annual and occasions catalogues. Don’t delay! You only have until the 31st May, or while supplies last, to get your favourites. Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50%! Be sure to contact me or visit my online store before the sun sets on these items 31st May.

Two things I'd love you to remember...

1 - Please use the HOSTESS CODE - B4BVF4TR so I can send you a THANK YOU for ordering.

2 - If your order ever goes over $169 please call me instead and we'll sign you up to become your own demonstrator and receive your own fabulous benefits (like seeing the NEW catalogue before everyone else and 20% off all of your orders always!)

Thank you for popping in and I'll see you very soon.
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Happy 50th Blog Hop!

Hello and Welcome to INKspired Artists 50th Blog Hop!

You may be hopping in from the fabulous Nicole Anderson?  Or maybe you're starting here...either way, you're in for a treat.

Every two weeks we have a sketch challenge and we love sharing our creations with you. School has just gone back after a six-week break for Christmas and New Year so not everyone is back yet, but please hop all the way around by hitting the next button at the bottom of the page.  

Here is our sketch for this week:
I love it!  Clean and Simple ALWAYS appeals to me, it speaks to my OCD lol funnily enough, I also love the "crooked" layers.

I haven't used Swirly Scribbles for a while so I pulled it out and here is what I came up with.

I've used By The Shore Designer Series Papers. I adore the colours in this range they're so fresh; I've pulled out Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim to play the lead.
Then for the sentiment I used an older favourite - Guy Greetings, I just love the classic font in this set.   I've added links to the items I've used so that if there's anything you'd like to purchase, all you have to do is click on the item and you'll be redirected to my online store.

Next up on the hop is the very talented Renee Lynch with something amazing I'm sure.

Have a fantastic week, see you soon with some more creations xo
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Friday, February 3, 2017

So, you want to start Card Making?

There are so many different supplies and tools on the market that it can be confusing where and how to get started.  I thought I'd pop in and give you tips on my favourite products, what I use and what I  recommend to my customers for Card Making.

What do you need to get started? (in no particular order)

You'll need something for your card base, more often than not, I use Whisper White A4 Thick Card Stock; $12.25 for 24 sheets.  It is entirely up to you what size card you make.  I try to stick to something that will fit inside a C6 envelope. Which is mostly 4"x6" or 10cm x 15cm or half of an A4 sheet.

Available in A4 and 12"x12"

You're going to need something to cut those bases with, right?  I have owned many trimmers in the time I've been crafting - and by far the Stampin' Trimmer is the best.

Spare Cutting and Scoring Blades also available
Fine tips to get into small areas

I keep a few different types on hand depending on my project.  I always have Snail Adhesive on hand for if I'm making a card as I'm running out the door to see family for their birthday (yes I'm a terrible person!) because it's quick and simple to use and a little bit forgiving is you need to lift your paper to re position.  I keep Tear & Tape on hand because it's easy to use and is nice and strong for all textures of paper.  And Dimensionals, I looooove layers, and Dimensionals are my absolute favourite product for this, I use one for a little bit of lift but sometimes I'm known to layer two for a nice big lift.
Snail Adhesive Refills also available

Tear & Tape Adhesive, strong and easy to use 
Dimensionals, 300 per pack

There are many types of adhesive available on the market, and over the years I've used my fair share these three are my favourite, especially for ease of use.

Although this is not an absolute necessity your cards will look fantastic with a layer of texture provided by your choice of patterned paper.
Urban Underground Designer Series Paper

Accents & Embellishements are a personal thing.  Each card you make will be different, some will need "something extra" and some won't.  I like to add a few Basic Rhinestones or Basic Pearls to my cards, almost as a "full stop" at the very end of my project. 
Basic Rhinestones

I cannot craft without mine!  My Big Shot™sits right beside me as I craft, embossing is an awesome way to add dimension and texture to your cards.  Lots of Stamp Sets have matching Framelits available too, make gorgeous gift bag embellishments and tags - I honestly could not be without it.
And last by definitely not least, STAMPS!  

I would be the worst Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator ever if I didn't mention what Stampin' Up!® do best... While I think it's important that the message on the inside of your card is handwritten, there are some great sentiment stamps in different fonts and sizes.  And as mentioned above, lots of stamp sets have matching framelits - saving you from fussy cutting your images.

Suite Sayings, available in Wood and Clear Mount

So, there you have it.  My go-to items to for Card Making, the only thing you need is your imagination, and if you're having a mind blank - check out the other posts in my side-bar and I am sure that you'll be inspired by something I've created.

Thank you for popping in,  if you know of someone who would like to read this post please share it with them.  If there is anything that I've featured that you'd like to purchase, click on it and you'll be taken to my online store.

See you Sunday for an INKspired Blog Hop xx

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Oh So Succulent and Februarys Hostess Code

I know, I keep babbling on about the super cute Oh So Succulent stamp set and matching Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.  I just can't help it though, they really are gorgeous!

If you love these items as much as I do, click on their picture to go straight to them in my online store.

Don't forget that until March 31st, for every $90 you spend on current product, you will receive one EXCLUSIVE Sale a Bration item for FREE!!!

The Oh So Succulent Stamp Set is in Photopolymer, which is great because lots of the elements use two-step stamping, so being clear makes it nice and easy for all of us.  BUT if you're like me and you *have to have* matching sets, Stampin' Up! have bundled Oh So Succulent with its matching Succulent Framelits Dies, check this out;

When you purchase Oh So Succulent as a bundle, you'll save 10%.  Bringing it to $83.25; add either Succulent Garden DSP for $19.25 or some ribbon and you've spent $90 and earned yourself a FREEBIE, easy as that.

I created this card for a gorgeous girlfriends birthday this week, using Oh So Succulent and Succulent Garden.  To match the colours in the DSP I've used Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Sweet Sugarplum and Tip Top Taupe.

Being the beginning of the month, it's time for me to announce my new HOSTESS CODE.  As always, thank you to my amazing customers for your support over the holiday period and I have now posted your gifts for placing orders in January.

Anyone who places an order of $50 or more with me in February will receive a packet of White Perfect Accents.

For anyone new to the "Hostess Code" there is an explanation in this post here.  I'll be back in a few days to share a few more creations with you, and on Sunday it's time for another INKspired blog hop.

Have a great week, see you soon xx
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

INKspired Blog Hop 47

Hello and welcome to another INKspired Blog Hop.

Have you started with me or are you coming from my beautiful friend Nicole?  She sure is a hard act to follow, her creations are always gorgeous.

This week's sketch spoke Christmas Cards to me,  as soon as I saw the circle... Wondrous Wreath came to me.  Have a look at this week's sketch and see what you think.

Once I decided that I'd use Wondrous Wreath, I then decided that I would get my Christmas Cards made - always running late.

Twenty-three cards later...

I've used Real Red and Cucumber Crush for the card bases.  Those adorable spots and stripes are from the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack and trusty Whisper White to stamp on!

In the olden days I was a Scrapbooker and one of my favourite ways to journal was to print (or stamp) my words on to cardstock and then cut them out and randomly place them - not too perfectly.  Which is exactly what I've done here.

I have very much gone back to my roots with my crafting and added rough edges,  never straight layers.  I am the Queen of "Embrace Imperfection".

Your next stop is my other Stampin' Sista! Marlene don't tell anyone but I've had a sneaky peek at her creation and it is AWESOME!

As always, if there is anything on my project that has INKspired you and you *neeeed* to buy it - click on the links (in the text) and you will be taken to the item in my online store.  OR you can always click on "shop now" in my signature below and browse my online store.

Enjoy what is left of your weekend,  see you soon xo
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Hostess Code

Hostess Code Club

How does this work?
On the first of every month, I create a new hostess code for anyone shopping with me to use in my online store.  You will also find the hostess code in the sidebar (over there ->) and at the beginning of each month it will be updated with the new one.  I will also send an email each month to make sure you don't miss it.
Then on the last day of the month, I close out the order and use the hostess rewards that have accumulated during the month to purchase gifts for everyone who has placed orders using the hostess code.  The more orders placed using the code, more hostess rewards accumulate and that means better rewards for you.

Your Hostess Code Club Rewards are sent separate to your order as they are sent from me NOT Stampin' Up! I also cover the postage on your reward/s.

The Fine Print:
  • Do NOT use the Hostess Code if your order is more than $250; an order of $250 or more will earn you your own hostess reward/s.
  • Please do NOT click on guest checkout or no contact.  This means that your details are not passed on to me and I am unable to post   your reward/s to you.
  • Make sure that you are shopping with me Lisa Eaton, to make sure that you are rewarded for your shopping!
  • Make sure you enter the Hostess Code in the right spot and click "Apply".
Those of you that placed an order with me in November - Thank you and your gift is on its way.

The Hostess Code for DECEMBER is - KGXFW3RW

Anyone who orders with me in December will receive goodies from the Festive Birthday Suite.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Global Design Project - GDP063

I love playing along with Blog Challenges and Global Design Project is one of my favourites.

The theme (until 3pm today) is...

I struggled for a bit and then remembered I received Flourishing Phrases earlier this week... and how perfect is this sentiment for this challenge?

I've used Cherry Cobbler - a colour I seem to have a lot of and looking at this card I'm not sure why - it's a great red! Basic Black, the cute musical notes are from This Christmas Designer Series Paper. I love a good flourish and this one in Flourish Thinlets is divine!  I've added texture by distressing the edges of the DSP with my scissors and a couple of splodges from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad.

I'm a little late with my submission BUT that just means I'll have to create another card tomorrow when the new challenge goes live.

If there is anything that I've used on my card that you would like to purchase, simply click on the links above to go straight to that item or, you can click "shop now" in my signature.

Thanks for dropping in, see you soon.
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